Osteoporosis Canada’s Scientific Advisory Consultants and Osteoporosis Canada would like announce this year’s Lindy Fraser Award winner as chosen by the members of the SAC.
Osteoporosis Canada established this award in 1993 to recognize individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of osteoporosis research and education in Canada. The award is named in honour of Lindy Fraser, who in 1981 at the age of 87, started the first self help group for people with osteoporosis. She herself was an inspiration to others as she shared her struggle to get out of bed, into a wheelchair, then to walk again with a cane. In 1982, she answered a call from a small group in Toronto to take part in the first national symposium on osteoporosis. That appearance was the spark that gave rise to Osteoporosis Canada.
This year’s award winner has shown immeasurable dedication and determination in the collaborative effort to achieve the common vision of Canada without osteoporotic fractures. Osteoporosis Canada is happy to recognize Dr. Lora Giangregorio as the 2016 Lindy Fraser Award Winner.
Lora is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology with the University of Waterloo. She is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator (2011-2016). Lora’s research centres on improving the capacity of health care providers to assess and treat osteoporosis, with a particular focus on the importance of physical activity for a healthy skeleton. Key research areas include examining bone health in groups at high risk of fracture, such as individuals with spinal cord injury, and studying the efficacy of exercise interventions on factors related to fracture risk in individuals at risk of fracture. Example studies include a multicentre randomized controlled trial of home exercise in women with osteoporotic spine fractures, and the “Too Fit To Fracture” initiative, aimed at developing exercise and physical activity recommendations for individuals with osteoporosis with or without vertebral fractures.
Lora and her research team translate research into practice by liaising with government and not- for-profit organizations and linking with community-based programs. Her team contributed to the development of Osteoporosis Canada’s Bone FitTM exercise training program for healthcare professionals and to publications for the Canadian Osteoporosis Patient Network.
Recently, Lora was recognized with the prestigious Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health. Dr. Giangregorio is the first woman, and only the second Canadian, to receive the prize in its five-year history. She is being recognized for her clinical research aimed at improving the management of osteoporosis through exercise as well as for her significant outreach efforts in promoting physical activity more broadly.
Congratulations Dr. Giangregorio!